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A Chilling Tale Of Nuclear Weaponry

Freezing and maintaining the reliability of the United States’ nuclear weapons stockpile would appear to be diametrically opposed concepts. Think of one and the notion of shivering in the cold comes to mind. The other conjures images of an inferno.

But in the world inhabited by Jim Glosli, a staff physicist at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), and other members of the Simulations Group, freezing and nuclear weapons mesh perfectly. Their job is to conduct computer simulations of what happens when metals freeze, or change from a liquid to a solid state.